Commercial Real Estate

Rental income insights for commercial lenders and investors

One of the challenges facing commercial real estate is the difficulty in finding the granular level of assessment required to determine rental income risk. Rental income is essential to determining...

Hooray for Hollywood?

It’s not often that our work with properties intersects with the glamour of Hollywood, but there’s one area where it occasionally does — automatic sprinkler systems. They’re commonly depicted in...

Tools of the rental trade

In commercial real estate (CRE) investments, rental income is key in determining acceptable returns over the long term. While many recognize rental income’s role in CRE investment management, too...

This way to the nearest exit

Exit signs serve an important purpose, directing building occupants to safety in an emergency. Today’s exit signs are well lit, easy to read, and clearly point the way out, but this wasn’t always t...

Shedding light on opaque financials

As a director for Verisk Commercial Real Estate, I hear many stories — some successful, some not-so-successful. In the commercial real estate industry, our clients and customers run into numerous...

Data integration and CRE: Interesting stuff and how to use it

I recently attended the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) annual Commercial Real Estate Financing (CREF) conference in sunny San Diego. The conference is the premier industry event, with more th...

FLASH 2014: Revelations around resilience

Recently, ISO Community Mitigation manager Ralph Dorio and I attended the 2014 FLASH Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. FLASH , the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, is one of the country’s...

Building codes and enforcement: Tools for a profitable commercial real estate investment

Location and the reputation of a property are key to making sure a commercial real estate transaction is profitable. Location refers to the attractiveness of a property based on where it is...

Zoning reports: Not just for legal compliance

A zoning report is likely the lowest-cost piece of information in the due diligence process for a commercial real estate transaction — but it might be the most valuable. Many people order zoning...

Seismic changes in commercial real estate transactions

So many things come together at Verisk. That thought occurred to me as I read Ralph Dorio’s blog post ( Hard lessons from the Napa, California, earthquake ) about the AIR Worldwide ALERT ™ regardin...